Saturday, February 13, 2010

Peace Activist of the Week- Ken Saro-Wiwa

I should be sleeping with the baby, but sometimes one needs an outlet besides feeding, eating, and sleeping. So here is my delayed peace activist of the week.

Ken Saro-Wiwa (1941-1995) was a Nigerian peace activist. Saro-Wiwa was a member of the Ogoni people who since the 1950s were dealing with environmental issues distroying their lives. The Shell oil company would extract crude oil from the region where the Ogoni people lived and would then indiscriminately dump hazardous waste. Saro-Wiwa formed the organization MOSOP and publically spoke out against the Nigerian government's allowance of the Shell company to distroy the Ogoni people. In 1995, Saro-Wiwa was arrested and brought to trial by a military tribunal. He was hung.

Uh, oh. Baby's waking up wants to be fed.

1 comment:

  1. Understood on the outlet thing... and that was interesting. I don't know much about Nigeria...


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